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Netflix may not be able to fire Kevin Spacey from House of Cards

Kevin Spacey’s contract cannot be terminated by Netflix as there is no morality clause.

hollywood Updated: Nov 15, 2017 19:40 IST
Press Trust of India
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Netflix cannot terminate House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey’s contract due to absence of morality clause. (AFP)

Netflix may not be able to sack Kevin Spacey from their popular series House of Cards, after the veteran actor was accused of sexual harassment, due to his contract. According to a report in The Blast, Spacey’s contract does not have a morality clause, meaning that the streaming giant cannot terminate the star’s services for his personal actions.

A source said Spacey’s contract can only end if he is “unavailable or incapacitated” to perform his duties. In response, a spokesperson from the streaming service replied saying, “Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC (the show’s production company) during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show...”

The rep added they will not move forward with Gore, a biopic on the American writer Gore Vidal, featuring Spacey in the title role. The series was in its post-production phase. Actor Anthony Rapp had accused Spacey of sexual misconduct, when he was just 14.

Production on the sixth and last season of the Netflix series, in which the actor plays the lead of Frank Underwood, has since been suspended.

Earlier, the streaming service released a statement, saying said it was “deeply troubled” by Rapp’s allegation.

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First Published: Nov 15, 2017 19:40 IST